Russian missile launch test due in November

Russia’s Borei class strategic submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, is due to launch the Bulava missile later this month, a source in the headquarters of the Russian Navy told TASS on Tuesday.

“It is planned that in late November the Alexander Nevsky will fire the Bulava from the Barents Sea at the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula,” the source said.

The launch is due on November 28-30. “Like previously, the launch will be made from the submerged position of the submarine,” he added.

The latest launch of the Bulava missile was conducted on October 29. The Yuri Dolgoruky Borei-class strategic nuclear-powered submarine test-launched the missile at the firing range Kura on the Kamchatka Peninsula from the Barents Sea. The Borei-class submarine cruiser had the full set of 16 missiles on board for the first time.

Borei-class submarines armed with ICBMs Bulava are expected to make backbones of Russian marine strategic nuclear forces before 2025 to 2030.

After an abortive test-firing in September 2013, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered to make at least five additional test launches of Bulava.